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Policy to Practice - Sustainable Built Environment Conference - Cardiff

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The conference will bring together climate and energy researchers, built environment professionals, policy experts and government officials to focus on the transition of energy and low carbon policies into practice.


The conference is part of the International Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conference series that have been running for 18 years.

The 2019 SBE Conference in Cardiff will take place in a city centre location over 2 days on the 24th and 25th September 2019. The conference will include a series of key note speaker presentations, break-out sessions, workshops, a climate change round table debate and limited number of ‘on location’ visits demonstrating best practice.


The International Sustainable Built Environment Conference Series began in 2000 and operates on a three year cycle starting with a year of planning, followed by a year of national or regional conferences culminating in a single global event in year three.


The series places a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers, presentations of regional policy papers, displays of pre-evaluated projects and a small number of high-quality commercial exhibits.


These events also provide fast-track inclusion of the best technical papers from national/regional conferences into the global event, as well as registration policies designed to encourage the attendance of students and delegates from developing countries.


In 2016 20 national/regional conferences took place with the World SBE17 held in Hong Kong in June 2017.


In all of these conferences, one or more local research-based organisations took on the financial and organizational responsibility while the international series owners, CIB, iiSBE, FIDIC and UN Environment provided organisational advice and used their networks to ensure a large multi-disciplinary audience for the events.



• Climate change and the built environment
• Resource efficiency at urban and building scale
• Innovation in materials, products and systems
• Zero carbon buildings
• Building energy retrofits
• Methods, tools and certification
• Costs and benefits
• Training and education
• Policies, regulations and standards


Roundtable session on climate change issues in the built environment sector in Wales: current status, trends, possible actions, barriers to action in key sectors and how to overcome these, within the period 2020-23.

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